MOU to boost or­gan­i­sa­tions

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The Fiji Com­merce Com­mis­sion has been urged to de­velop a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the Con­sumer Coun­cil of Fiji to boost their con­sumer watch­dog role. Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee deputy chair Mo­hammed Dean made the sug­ges­tion while re­ceiv­ing sub­mis­sions from the Com­mis­sion on their au­dited re­ports at Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day. Mr Dean had asked if there was a form of MOU be­tween the Com­mis­sion and the Con­sumer Coun­cil whose work were sim­i­lar. Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Joel Abra­ham re­sponded: “While we don’t have a for­mal writ­ten agree­ment, we do li­aise with the man­ager Con­sumer Pol­icy of Con­sumer Coun­cil as well as the CEO,” he said. “On a weekly-ba­sis we do get re­fer­rals or com­plaints when­ever they do their mon­i­tor­ing or in­spec­tion, it is no­ti­fied to us.” Mr Dean said hav­ing a MOU would cre­ate a bet­ter le­gal frame­work in terms of op­er­a­tions be­tween the two en­ti­ties. “The share of in­for­ma­tion will also be much more bet­ter,” he said.

Mr Dean, how­ever, clar­i­fied that this did not un­der­mine the work of the Com­mis­sion nor the Con­sumer Coun­cil.

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